The New Yorker magazine is deservedly under fire for its tasteless, deliberately provocative and racist cover featuring Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. The July 21 cover is supposedly a satirical depiction of all the Republican-fueled right-wing false rumours and innuendo currently poisoning the political atmosphere.
In my opinion, The New Yorker's mean-spirited cover echoes the sensationalist reporting of trashy tabloids, rather than of a seasoned, objective publication. Shame on The New Yorker for dragging political discourse into the gutter and helping spread rumours and lies to a gullible populace! Just imagine the negative backlash if the magazine had done a similar "satire" cover about John McCain and his wife Cindy, or the Clintons!
A Newsweek poll released Friday suggested 12 percent of those polled believe Obama was sworn in as a U.S. senator on a Koran, while 26 percent believed that he was raised as a Muslim. Neither allegation is true.
Bush continues efforts to wreak havoc on the environment
Meanwhile, President George W. Bush continues his quest to see how much damage he can do before leaving office. Today he lifted an executive ban on drilling for oil in most US coastal waters. He also urged Congress to ends its separate ban on drilling, to "reduce US dependence on oil imports." Isn't that rich, coming from the man who once said gasoline would be cheap, once we went to war in Iraq??!! On Friday, oil prices reached $147 a barrel.
Republican candidate John McCain touts offshore drilling for its "psychological" benefits to Americans worried about the high price of gas. But environmentalists say offshore drilling would take at least a decade to have any effect on oil supply and would worsen climate change.
Democratic leaders also oppose ending the drilling ban. Some 68 million acres already are under government lease and can be drilled. California Sen. Barbara Boxer said Bush's proposal "is something you'd expect from an oil company CEO, not the president of the United States." "The president is taking special-interest government to a new level and threatening our thriving coastal economy," Boxer, the chairwoman of the Senate Environment Committee, said. Sign the petition here asking Congress to continue to oppose off-shore drilling.